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Wisdom, inspiration, and passion capture spirit of annual conference

Perioperative nurse leaders from across the US and other countries packed the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland, to participate in the 26th annual OR Manager Conference held September 23 to 25. Approximately 1,000 attendees heard a wide range of talks, met with poster presenters, networked…

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November 1, 2013
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Best practices lead to greater consistency in vendor credentialing

When OR Manager examined vendor credentialing in 2009, hospitals had a hodgepodge of requirements. OR managers and purchasing departments were making their first forays into third-party software for managing credentialing, and there was a crying need for standardization. Four years later, progress has been made in developing credentialing standards, and…

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November 1, 2013
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November Editorial

It’s too soon to measure the success or failure of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into law in 2010 but is just beginning to be implemented... sort of. Enrollment in health insurance exchanges got off to a rocky start on October 1 because of technological problems, and…

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November 1, 2013
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FDA issues Unique Device Identification final rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 24 published the final rule for its Unique Device Identification (UDI) system to provide a consistent way to identify medical devices throughout their distribution and use. “A UDI system for medical devices is an important step towards increasing patient safety, modernizing postmarket…

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November 1, 2013
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Fast action, team coordination critical when surgical fires occur

New information on surgical fires sheds light on risk factors, patterns of injury, and why OR teams need to plan for their occurrence. A May 2013 study led by Karen B. Domino, MD, MPH, is the first to assess closed malpractice cases of surgical fires. Dr Domino, professor of anesthesiology…

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November 1, 2013
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Successful vendor/OR partnership yields more than $1 million in savings

An innovative program at The University of Kansas Hospital (TUKH), Kansas City, for managing vendor partnerships has saved the hospital $1.9 million in just 8 months of operation. “We’ve found that pricing and inventory management requires key partnerships with suppliers,” says Brian Dolan, MHSA, CMRP, RHIA, CHDA, SSGB, director of…

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November 1, 2013
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OR business managers steadily gaining clout, financial rewards

Business managers have seen a rise in salaries and number of direct reports over the past 5 years, but their overall role remains consistent, according to the 23rd annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. More than a third (34%) of respondents have a business manager on their team. The average annual…

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November 1, 2013
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Business managers’ skill sets strengthen return on investment

OR Business Performance is a series intended to help OR managers and directors improve the success of their business. Hospitals depend on surgical services to generate more than half their revenue and profit. Yet according to the latest OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, only one-third of hospitals employ an OR business…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2013
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APIC guide highlights role of ambulatory care in disaster response

A new publication by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) zeros in on the role of outpatient care facilities in responding to disasters—specifically, how they can prevent infection in their patients, staff, and the community at large. The guide, “Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Care Centers During…

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November 1, 2013
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November at a Glance

Much work needed to make hospitals highly reliable To achieve a goal of zero patient harm, hospitals must adopt lessons from high-risk industries, finds a Joint Commission report. The authors say hospital leadership must • commit to the goal of zero patient harm rather than viewing it as unrealistic •…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2013
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